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Fado: The Sage of Wind by Malindachan Fado: The Sage of Wind by Malindachan
If I could get a quarter for every time I got mistaken for Link at Colossalcon...XD

I've been wanting to cosplay Fado for a few years now, but I felt it would be a bit out of place if I just did it on my own without a group, but now that I've got some Toon Link friends to cosplay with, I had an opportunity! :D The HD release of Wind Waker is also coming out this Fall, so it's good timing!

I played the violin since I was in 5th grade up until I graduated High School, so that was the big trigger for me. XD
Violins are expensive, so I didn't paint my real one, though I used it as a reference for making Fado's.

The concept art is pretty stylized (no strings, bridge, bow hair...), so I kinda took an artistic license and designed the prop so that would look like it could function as the real thing. Most of it is made out of Pink Panther insulation foam that was sanded and carved into with two different types of heat knives. The strings are made out of jewelry wire, and the bridge is foam board. The wire is wrapped around some wooden pegs that are glued in place at the top and bottom.
The bow is a wooden dowel with pieces of insulation foam on both ends for the more shaped pieces. Bias tape is wrapped around it for the grip, and I used a ribbon to act as the bow hair. All foam pieces were sealed with mod podge first before it was all painted.

The tunic was just modified from a shirt pattern. The sleeves and lining are broadcloth, and the main fabric for the tunic and hat are made out of microsuede. The design details are an orange satin, and I think the cuffs and apron were just a thicker muslin material (I got it from the remnants bin at JoAnns XD). I appliqued the designs with heat n bond with a satin stitch around the edges. The belt on the apron is just a vinyl, and it snaps in the back. The collar at the top is just a white twill, and the whole thing zips up the back. The hat was literally just a cone of fabric with a band around it. There's a red tassle that I got in the home decor notions area at JoAnn's for his apron, and the top of it was covered by a bell (I bent it with pliers to attach it).

It's not pictured in this photo, but I'm using my leggings from my Skyward Sword Link cosplay. I feel his design could be interpreted with either skin-toned or tan leggings, or he might not have any (which is the more likely since he's a Kokiri), though I prefer the idea of having leggings to keep people from looking up my tunic like a skirt. So there. XD Also not pictured are my awesome boots, which look silly but cute. You'll see them later.

The wig is a Derek in Lemon from Arda Wigs. I struggled a lot trying to figure out what the heck his hair color was supposed to be because it's more green in the artwork, but blonde/yellow in the game render. Lemon is a nice cooler blonde tone, so I feel it suited him well. :)

Much thanks to Elfalannah for taking this photo! :D

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is (c) Nintendo
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:iconannieo102001:
annieo102001 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I play violin and not sure if you do, but that bow looks way too long, too, so i'm not sure if you're just sliding your hand up way too far, or its in the right place and the frog is just huge. Otherwise, cool pic :D
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annieo102001 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ok just read the description now i'm wondering if it's wrong or the bow is extra long :P
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InsideImmortaI Featured By Owner 3 days ago
It's based on the ingame design. the end of the bow has a small ornament and is held higher up than a normal bow.
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thevalkyriebladesman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
If only that violin were real, eh? Amazing cosplay, well done. XD
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vivianflowright Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU MADE THE VIOLIN! SUPER GREAT! :O
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Guntherfan12 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
THAT IS AMAZING
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Blue--Eyed--Beast Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one awesome cosplay! I have always wanted to play a violin, but my music teacher denied me to play it when we were registering instruments back in the 5th grade, so I play the cello, and it's really cool! There should be more cosplays of Fado, it seems like he's always forgotten when people cosplay as characters from Wind Waker.
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crocheter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing <3 I play the violin too and immediatly realized that you actually play it when I saw the picture, that pose is impossible for people who don't play it x) Really nice work *_*
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Artistic-Pixie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is incredible - beautiful violin, it sounds like it was a lot of work
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ResidentFrankenstein Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome! I love how you made the violin and didn't paint it (it looks good)! It's nice to see a Fado cosplay. Really nice costume work. :D
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narutogoldylocks Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much for this holy mother of god. This is fantastic. <3 I've always wanted to cosplay him too. Mainly b/c I play the violin :D Not to mention that he is ADORABLE
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XKuroshitsujiNekoX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome XD
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CrookedPinkies Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Ooh, this is fantastic! You did a great job!
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GiokaTenshi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
OMG this is so precious. You look great. I thought the violin was a full functioning one and Fado :heart: He needs more love
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AskFoxCanada Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
coolest violin ever
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
mistook him for Link
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:iconronecrystallize:
RoneCrystallize Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Just awesome :D
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FlyingRobins Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's really good!
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NaruForeverSasu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool!
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turpinator77 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*O* *Drools* Is that a working violin? I love Fado!
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turpinator77 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just read the description. *facepalm* Sorry... I noticed another post though, you like Lindsey Stirling!? I'm subbed to her on YT as well! XD
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RedshiftTheFox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I literally just entered the Wind Temple a half hour ago. I think I'm having some da ja vu here.
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LittleGeeky Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Oh gosh I don't hink I've ever seen a Fado cosplay! You look amazing!
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SuperNinjaDuck Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your link cosplay!! Just kidding XD But really your cosplay came out awesome!! That Violin looks real XD
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leannetran Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am just in love with that prop *________*
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D
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xxmusiclove723xx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
i love it! and not just cuz i play the violin too :D
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101Tigerheart Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I immediately thought of Lindsey Stirling. :D
Sorry, Deviantart.
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RoneCrystallize Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Me too :)
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The-Prez Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I saw this cosplay there, well done!
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totalexistancefail Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is really lovely! You did an excellent job bringing Fado to life! I'm glad that you chose to make a costume of him, you did beautifully! Also, your props are spot on. Fantastic work!!
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InitiumNovum Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done!
Well done designing the Violin!
I wanna hear you play!
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flamedragontamer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
I can't help but think of Linsey Stirling.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Lindsey Stirling! :D
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flamedragontamer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Yeah she is pretty great, I'd only heard one song from her, I need to hear more from her.
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mknock Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
As soon as I saw the picture, the music started playing in my mind. Great costume!
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stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work on the violin prop! It's such a lovely instrument so it's cool that you can really play one. :D

I have a question for you: how do you go about cleaning your costumes (if you do) since they're made from so many different materials? I was sewing a costume piece last year and a friend gave me grief over choosing the same materials because they require different care when cleaning.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really bad at it, but pre-wash your fabric if you have the time to. If I am able to wash it, I hand wash things or wash it in cold water on a delicate cycle. Otherwise, Fabreze! XD
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stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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mhinos1992 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this [link]
hehehehe
very good the cosplay
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Nashida Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully done! I love seeing cosplays of characters other than the big name ones. I think I enjoyed learning his song in the game more than the one learned with Medli.
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so mad right now!! I didn't have the money to go to ColossalCon, but I totally would have changed my con plans if I had known you were going! Aw man! I'm definitely going next year! Great cosplay btw! Did anybody recognize you as Fado?
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:iconmalindachan:
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, a few did! :)
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that's good! (...psh...I totally would have recognized you as Fado....actually probably not lol been too long since I played Wind Waker...)
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Celyddon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done on the violin! (And good hand position! :D )
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:iconmalindachan:
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha thanks! XD
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RikaIshida Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw you in this at Colossalcon! I also thought you were Link, ^^; but I recognized your face right away. I was going to come up and say hi to you, but you were talking to someone and I didn't want to be rude, then I didn't see you again for the rest of the con. Anyway, this cosplay is really pretty and I love the violin you made for it.
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Nate-HBP-Kun Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg so cool
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SmoresDragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*U* so cool!!
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